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Lycoming College welcomed freshmen and transfer students at the August 25 New Student Convocation. In keeping with a longstanding tradition on campus, students marched through the David B Sykes Gate and onto the Fultz Quadrangle for the customary ceremony that marks the start of the academic year.

For the first time since 2019, friends and families were invited to join students, faculty and staff in celebrating class at the College. The class of 2026 is made up of 337 new students. About a third of the class are people of color. Nearly half are from outside of Pennsylvania, including 19 different states and nine different countries from around the world. The class is academically strong with over 23% in the top 10% of their high school classes.

Dan Miller, Vice President for Student Life, extended a warm welcome to attendees, saying: “This gathering, New Student Convocation, I think has two very important meanings. First, it was recognition of your past accomplishments that led to your acceptance and ultimately your decision to enroll in college. The second is your formal integration into this community of scholars, artists, community servants and student-athletes, and seeks to be inclusive, acknowledging diversity of race, culture, identity and faith. We’re thrilled to have you as a new member of our community, and congratulations! »

Kamarie Blacksher, Class of 2023, Student Senate President, urged students to get involved.

“One piece of advice I would like to give you is to be bold and create an amazing experience for yourself. Whether it’s going to a softball game, going to a band show, doing volunteering in the community or joining a club like the Multicultural Awareness Group or even starting a new one. Here at Lyco, there are so many ways to get involved on campus and create memorable experiences,” she says.

In the class presentation, Philip Sprunger, Ph.D., provost and dean of the faculty, said: “Today is the dawn of your college journey. On Monday you will begin your classes. Embrace them and integrate them with your other interests and activities to create the whole education that is Lycoming College.

In his charge of the Class of 2026, President Kent Trachte, Ph.D., said the most successful students at Lycoming learn to think deeply and act boldly.

“This happens by being open to mentorship from our nationally recognized faculty. This happens when you become an active learner. It happens when you commit to exploring new ideas and investigating the pressing issues shaping our world. It happens when you show intellectual curiosity and seek to expand your view of the world. It happens when you are hungry to learn,” he said.

The faculty keynote was delivered by Rachel Hickoff-Cresko, associate professor of education and director of teacher education. As part of her talk, Hickoff-Cresko described an activity she models for her future teachers to show how they can support children who might struggle with problem-solving activities. The activity, called “moments of maze”, provides children with strategies for solving problems, especially when they feel overwhelmed or stuck.

“I am convinced that your four years will be filled with joy and success. But occasionally, you may have academic, social, and emotional “maze times.” Times when you might not know how to proceed,” she says. “I want you to think about these strategies – look ahead, reflect, try to solve your problem in a different direction, learn from your mistakes. Talk to others and get more information. And know that you are never alone here at Lycoming College.

“Be bold, take risks and don’t let the fear of failure stop you… consider your studies here as part of a lifetime of learning. You deserve to be proud of this moment and take this opportunity to celebrate what lies ahead,” said Theresa Spanella, assistant dean for inclusiveness and first-year students.



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